M Leads Victoires Nominations

New artists dominate French nods.

New French talents dominate the nominations for this year's Victoires de la Musique.

Singer/songwriter M (real name Matthieu Chedid) leads the list for the 20th edition of the French music awards. He picked up five nods, including best male artist and best album for "Qui de Nous Deux" (Virgin). He is also named in the new category of best DVD.

The ceremony is set for March 5 at Paris' Zenith concert hall. It will be broadcast live on public channel France 2 and on public radio station France Inter.

Mercury act Calogero picked up four mentions, including best male artist and best album. Singer/songwriter Cali, winner of the last Prix Constantin for up-and-coming artists, earned three nods, including best original song for "Pensons A L'Avenir" (Virgin).

Other nominees include Corneille, up for best male artist and best video; Daniel Darc, best newcomer album for "Crevecoeur" (Water Music/Mercury); TTC, best rap album for "Batards Sensibles" (Big Dada/V2); and 2004's best-selling album in France, the soundtrack to "Les Choristes" (Marc Music/Warner), up for best soundtrack.

The ceremony will also honor the best French musical talent of the past 19 years with four Victoires des Victoires Awards, two of which will be voted on by the general public. With the exception of these and 2005's newcomer artist award, the Victoires are elected by an academy of 829 music professionals.


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